|apartmenttherapy.com, "Buying a Paint Chip Fan"|
When you think of interior designers, don't you picture them with their paint chip fan and an arm-load of fabric samples? Here is a little secret: these fan decks are useless!! These color fan decks have the color chips too close together. They influence each other. You can't separate an individual color to lay against a carpet sample or fabric on a couch etc.
I took a few color theory classes in college to get my degree, and one of them was a whole semester of making color boards where we tricked the eye. Something like this:
Making two colors appear as one:
|jersygirldesign.blogspot.com, "Color Theory Assignments"|
Make one color appear as two:
|jerseygirldesign.blogspot.com, "Color Theory Assignments"|
So I don't ever use my fan deck. I've made my own collection of paint chips. I never throw them away after a project is done. I use them all the time. I have a ziplock of paint chips from KMart (don't buy paint here!!) to Sherwin Williams. Sort-of like Angela at postcardsfromtheridge-angela (nice post!!):
|postcardsfromtheridge-angela.blogspot.com, "Paint Color Advice"|
So don't bother with the fan deck--just keep those store chips together for easy reference.